"Gettysburg The Movie" History Vs. Facts The epic American Civil War film "Gettysburg" released in 1993 was based upon the book written by author Michael Sharra "The Killer Angels" 1975. The story is told through a few of the major players in the battle, mostly general's Confederate commanding General Robert E. Lee, Con. General James Longstreet and Union Col. Joshua Lawerence Chamberlain. Although there were many courageous men during the fight Michael Sharra chose to illuminate these indivduals stories. The battle of Gettysburg was one of the turning points of the Civil War in America.
Birth of the Confederacy The election of Abraham Lincoln as the sixteenth President of the United States on November 6, 1860 was a signal for the seven lower South states to secede from the Union. South Carolina, the state that had been most outspoken and felt it had the most to lose from Lincoln’s impending reign, acted first. In a seeming paradox, but remembering the lessons learned from the Nashville convention of 1850, which ended in caution and delay, secession in the lower South moved swiftly on a state-by-state basis rather than by collective action. So, because the ground for secession had long since been plowed and planted, the harvest of disunion came quickly after the thunderstorm of Lincoln’s election.  Between December 20, 1860 and February 1, 1861, six other lower South states followed South Carolina in this order: Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Texas.
“In 1862, his armies suffered from manpower shortages on every front. Thanks to repeated Union military failures and to a growing war weariness across the North volunteering had fallen off sharply;”(pg. 332) By freeing the slaves Lincoln could call these freed colored people into service for the union and solve his manpower shortages. Then in March 1862 Lincoln proposed a plan to Congress that he thought would help, “a gradual, compensated
The morale of the people of Arkansas abruptly changed after the attack on Fort Sumter in South Carolina by the Confederacy, and Abraham Lincoln immediately put a plan in motion to suppress the uprising. Once open war had been declared the movement to secede in Arkansas became a majority and Arkansas declared its secession from the Union on May 6, 1861. This action completed Arkansas’ plummet into the American Civil War. Why was control of the Mississippi during the Civil War so important? By controlling
Motivated by the dream of a world with only one race, the KKK used violence and moves above the law to support their cause. (Evans) The Ku Klux Klan began almost by accident during the rebuilding process after the civil war in the Southern United States. The southern people suffered from the effects of the great war. Many of them lost their homes and plantations, many also lost friends and loved ones to the war. The original Ku Klux Klan was formed, in April 1866, as a social organization for ex-confederates in Pulaski, Tennessee.
The American Civil War was one of the most violent times in American history. Americans were fighting against each other, the North against the South. Many people disagree about what transpired on April 12, 1864 at Fort Pillow. According to Wyeth, General Nathan Bedford Forrest captured Fort Pillow with approximately 1500 men and claimed numerous lives of Union soldiers (250). This became a huge issue of propaganda for the Union.
Later during the “Long March” Zedong was a master at keeping his army together in a forced retreat. Time and time again the KMT would be on the verge of surrounding the Red army, but Mao would feint in one direction, and quickly move in another. As a philosophical exercise, trying to envision Mao Zedong against General Sherman in Georgia in 1864 is
Essay; Analyze and Evaluate the importance and efforts of Confederate States in gaining international support during the civil war. The Confederate States of America was highly dependent on the international support during the civil war. The Confederate States of America needed and knew that with the help of other nations they can win the war. During the American Civil War, the Confederate States of America consisted of 11 Southern states that seceded from the Union in 1860-61. It carried on all the affairs of a separate government and making a major war until defeated in 1865.
As always, a gap remains between historical scholarship and popular understandings of history. Fifty years ago, when Charleston, South Carolina, marked the anniversary of the firing on Fort Sumter, the city was bedecked with Confederate flags and the commemorations made no mention of slavery. This past April, the city fathers and National Park Service sponsored a gathering that included reflections on slavery’s role in the war and on post-slavery race relations. As in 1961, a band played “Dixie,” but this time “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” accompanied it, recognition that a majority of South Carolina’s population (the slaves) sided with the Union, not the Confederacy. But the event attracted far smaller crowds than fifty years ago.
The North army was the Union (led by General Ulysses S. Grant) and the south was the Confederates (General Robert E. Lee). The most famous battle (the Battle of Gettysburg) had the most effect because of the one few-minute speech: the Gettysburg Address. The Battle of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania had a big effect on the armies. In that one battle, the North lost 23,000 men and the South lost 28,000 men. The North won and General Lee took his army back to